Definition of Contamination

1. Noun. The state of being contaminated.

Exact synonyms: Taint
Generic synonyms: Impureness, Impurity
Specialized synonyms: Dust Contamination
Derivative terms: Contaminate, Contaminate, Taint



2. Noun. A substance that contaminates.
Exact synonyms: Contaminant
Generic synonyms: Material, Stuff
Derivative terms: Contaminate, Contaminate, Contaminate

3. Noun. The act of contaminating or polluting; including (either intentionally or accidentally) unwanted substances or factors.
Exact synonyms: Pollution
Generic synonyms: Dirtying, Soiling, Soilure
Specialized synonyms: Dust Contamination
Derivative terms: Contaminate, Contaminate, Pollute
Antonyms: Decontamination

Definition of Contamination

1. n. The act or process of contaminating; pollution; defilement; taint; also, that which contaminates.

Definition of Contamination

1. Noun. The act or process of contaminating; pollution; defilement; taint; also, that which contaminates. ¹

2. Noun. (linguistics) A process whereby words with related meanings come to have similar sounds. ¹

3. Noun. The process of making a material or surface unclean or unsuited for its intended purpose, usually by the addition or attachment of undesirable foreign substances. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Contamination

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Contamination

1. The soiling or pollution by inferior material, as by the introduction of organisms into a wound or sewage into a stream. Origin: L. Contaminatio from con =together + tangere = to touch This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Contamination

containest
containeth
containing
containment
containment of biohazards
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containments
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contaminating
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contaminator
contaminators
contango
contangos
contd
conte
conteck
contecks
contemn
contemn'd
contemned
contemner

Literary usage of Contamination

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Where No Man Has Gone Before: A History of Apollo Lunar Exploration Missions by William D. Compton (1996)
"Johnston, draft of MSC position paper on Apollo back contamination program, Apr. 25, 1969. 44. Pickering, "Minutes, Interagency Committee on Back ..."

2. The Principles of Greek Art by Percy Gardner (1914)
"One of the commonest phenomena of vase-painting is what is called contamination, the influence exerted by one recognized scheme upon another, ..."

3. Societal Value of Geologic Maps by Richard L. Bernknopf (1994)
"Probability of Contamination iI 0.35-0.39 0.40-0.44 0.45-0.49 0.50-0.54 Figure 11-11. Conditional probability of contamination of rock materials in eastern ..."

4. Environment in the Transition to a Market Economy: Progress in Central and by Anthony Zamparutti, Centre for Co-operation with Non-members (1999)
"The decline in use of agricultural chemicals, a key source of nitrates, should have reduced this threat, though it is also linked to contamination from ..."

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